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Palace team news: Webster fit, Lamptey to be assessed

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By Charlie Hanson • 14 March 2023

By Paul Hazlewood
Adam Webster was substituted late on at Leeds, but Roberto De Zerbi has said that the defender is fine to face Palace.

Albion welcome Crystal Palace to the Amex on Wednesday, kick-off 7.30pm, a month after we drew 1-1 with Patrick Vieira’s side.

Roberto De Zerbi’s team suffered their first defeat of 2023 the following week against Fulham, but have otherwise continued to impress, putting four past West Ham without reply in our last Amex game before taking a fully deserved point at Leeds United last Saturday.

We are six points better off after 24 games than in any other top-flight season.

Pos Team Pld GD Pts
5
Liverpool LIV
38 +28 67
6
Albion Albion
38 +19 62
7
Aston Villa AVL
38 +5 61

Our volume of goals have been a huge factor in that, as we currently average 1.875 per game (45 in 24 games). That could be important against a Palace team who haven’t had a shot on target in their last three league matches.

Without a win this calendar year, Palace have slowly been dragged towards the relegation battle, but their fine form in the first half of the season means that they are in pole position to pull away from danger. They are 12th with a superior goal difference to five of the eight teams below them.

A win for Palace would go a long way towards alleviating relegation fears while a victory for De Zerbi’s team would seem us move level on points with sixth-placed Liverpool.

Team news

By Paul Hazlewood
Tariq Lamptey was substituted in the first half of our win against West Ham.

Tariq Lamptey will be assessed ahead of Wednesday night's game against Crystal Palace after being substituted with an injury against West Ham, while Adam Webster is fit to face Patrick Vieira's team.

"Lamptey we will see tomorrow, while Adam Webster is on the list," Robert De Zerbi said.

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PL Highlights: Crystal Palace 1 Albion 1

Pervis Estupinan thought he’d scored his first goal for the club when he slotted home at Selhurst Park last month, only for the Ecuadorian to be wrongly ruled offside. Solly March gave Albion a deserved lead only for James Tomkins to head home an equaliser.

Player to watch

Having missed our last encounter because of injury, Wilfried Zaha has played both of Palace’s last two games. The winger has enjoyed playing against Albion, netting eight goals and grabbing two assists in his 14 matches.

Stats and facts

Albion are winless in their last seven Premier League meetings with Crystal Palace (D5 L2), with the last three all finishing 1-1. It's their longest ever winless run against the Eagles in their league history.

Crystal Palace have lost just one of their five Premier League away games against Brighton (W2 D2), a 3-1 loss in December 2018.

Albion haven't kept a clean sheet in any of their last 10 Premier League meetings with Crystal Palace, though they've also failed to score in just one of those 10 games.

Each of the first eight Premier League goals scored in meetings between Crystal Palace and Albion were netted in the first half. Since then, just four of the 18 goals scored in this fixture have been in the opening 45 minutes.

Having won just three of their first eight home Premier League games this season (D2 L3), Albion have since won three of their last four at the Amex (L1), keeping a clean sheet in each victory.

Crystal Palace have won just two of their last 14 Premier League away games (D5 L7), and are yet to win on the road in the league in 2023 (D1 L3). Indeed, no side has fewer away points in the Premier League this year so far than the Eagles (1, level with Everton and Leeds United).

Crystal Palace have become the first team on record (since 2003-04) to fail to register a single shot on target in three consecutive Premier League games. Overall, the Eagles have failed to have a shot on target in five different Premier League matches this season – since 2003-04, only West Bromwich Albion (7 in 2015-16) have failed to do so more times in a single campaign in the top-flight.

Crystal Palace remain without a Premier League win in 2023, drawing five and losing five of their 10 games this year. It's the Eagles' longest run without a league victory since a streak of 14 between December 2015 and April 2016 under Alan Pardew.

Albion's Alexis Mac Allister has scored seven goals in 21 Premier League games this season, more than he had in his previous 63 appearances in the competition (6). The Argentinian is looking to score in three consecutive Premier League matches for the first time.

Against no side has Palace’s Wilfried Zaha scored more goals in his club career in all competitions than against Brighton (8, level with Leicester). Zaha has scored a penalty in both of his last two Premier League appearances against the Seagulls; only against Leicester (Feb 2019) and Wolves (Oct 2022) has he ever found the net in three consecutive appearances against an opponent in the top-flight.

Match officials

Referee: Peter Bankes.

Assistants: Marc Perry, Nick Greenhalgh.

Fourth official: Simon Hooper.

VAR: Andre Marriner. Assistant VAR: Nick Hopton.